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Memories of 70's and 80's Arena Rock

Updated on January 6, 2015

Aerosmith one of the best bands


Love that old time rock and roll

The 70's and 80's were a time of great music especially if you were a rock music fan. Over the course of the two decades many bands such as Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Poison, Ratt and other became mega superstars. The late 70's and early 80's also was a time of some great Arean concerts. Here are a few of my favorites.

The Rolling Stones at JFK Stadium in Philly on June 17, 1978. While I know it is JFK was not an arena and the concert did not take place in the 80's I included it because it was one of the most memorable concert I ever attended. The stadium was packed, it was a hot day and the Stones only played for 45 minutes or so and didn't come back. The crowd went nuts, throwing stuff onstage and doing thousands of dollars in damage. What a fun day.

Boston concert


Aerosmith is another group I loved seeing in Philly at a building which is no longer thre known as the Spectrum. The first time I tried to see them was also in the 70's, October 1977 to be exact and the night is memorable because some idiot in the crowd threw an M80 onto the stage which injured Joe and the group stopped and left.

Aerosmith did come back but then another November 25, 1978, but only five songs into the set, someone threw a bottle from the balcony and it shattered, sending shards of glass into Steve Tyler's face. Another Aerosmith concert ended all to soon, I dejectedly left the arena. I did get to see Aerosmith a year or so later when they appeared at a small club in New Jersey. I guess they wanted to test the waters before coming back to an arena.

One of my favorite concerts was Bruce Springsteen. I don't remember what year it was but it was in the late 70's or early 80's but anyway back then the man could rock. Three hours of not stop Bruce music. The whole Spectrum was alive with this vibe. At the time I wasn't even a fan of his, but I soon became one and in tune with his mucis.

I saw ,many more arena rock concerts at the Spectrum in the late 70's and early 80's. Some of the more memorable ones are Van Halen, ACDC,which my ears are still recovering from that concert, Yes, Heart, Ted Nugent, Genesis, Styx, KISS, the Cars and the list goes on and on.

I guess I never really saw many arena concerts in the 80's because I got married and had kids, which puts a crimp in your concert dollars. Some of the wished I had gone to were Bon Jovi,RATT, Poison, Cinderella and others in the big hair band genre. Oh well life moved on and I did go to more concerts over the years, but the feel of those concert years in my teens and early teens just wasn't there.

If you have a favorite concert story, please leave it in the comments.

70's Arena Rock


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      T.B Whitt 4 years ago from the Philly area

      Thanks for your words. When it comes to concerts, I used to love and look forward to each one.

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      T.B Whitt 4 years ago from the Philly area

      I still love all the bands and listen to them. Sadly some of the bands no longer exist in their original form, but their music lives on

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      I never went to these concerts, but wish I would have back in the day. Huge fan of all of them. Still listen to them today! Glad to see I have company.

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      T.B Whitt 4 years ago from the Philly area

      I feel for you. I loved all of the concert I attended. I miss the feel and the vibe of each of the concerts. They just don't feel the same today

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Ohhh - What an awesome hub! You take me right back to my generation. I can not even begin to tell you how many of these rock concerts I was a part of. Each one you list I had the pleasure of seeing perform live, many times over. The last one I attended is so special to me. My older bother and I went to see Boston. He passed that year.

      Great memories and excellent hub!

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      T.B Whitt 4 years ago from the Philly area

      I am also a J Geils fan, but alas never saw them play live, but would have loved seeing them in concert

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      Bill Russo 4 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thanks for sharing your concert memories. I come from Massachusetts but never really liked Aerosmith. Their style does not suit me. Another great Boston band that I really loved was J Geils. Freezeframe and Centerfold were two great hits from that era. The Cars and Boston were two other top bands from that period. I never got to Philadelphia to see the Spectrum, but I remember seeing the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1960s before they moved. They had Wilt Chamberlain and I think they played their home games in the Spectrum. Wilt scored a hundred points in a single game against the Knicks but I think it was an away game.